You may think you are ready for an all new nose, but there is more that goes into rhinoplasty than just simple cosmetic changes. For some people, simply a change in hairstyle is a big step, never mind permanently changing the appearance of a major facial feature. Rhinoplasty can be an extremely positive experience in a person’s life, but only if it is done under the right circumstances. If you are interested in moving forward with cosmetic nasal surgery, then you should take the time to make sure you are ready, both physically and emotionally, for the changes that will occur.
Major Physical Changes
The nose is an extremely prominent facial feature, and it greatly affects the appearance of the face overall. Its influence on facial balance and harmony become obvious following a well-performed rhinoplasty, as the features will appear more symmetrical and balanced, improving the aesthetics of the face. While these physical changes should be positive, they are often more major than some patients predict, and there is sometimes an unexpected emotional component to the reaction to these changes.
Because the changes to the face as a whole can be so substantial, many people go through a range of emotions throughout the healing process. Facial changes are not something you can fully prepare for, and patients should expect an adjustment period once the results become apparent.
Many non-Caucasian patients also struggle to balance their goals for rhinoplasty with retaining their ethnic identity. This is where a talented facial plastic surgeon will really make all the difference. A specialist knows the importance of preserving that identity while still meeting the patient’s needs for the procedure. This is why patients seeking ethnic rhinoplasty should choose a doctor with a proven track record of good results for a diverse patient base.
Self-Esteem and Confidence
One of the major benefits of rhinoplasty is the boost in self-esteem and confidence that comes from fixing a problem that has been an issue for years, such as a nasal hump or undefined nasal tip. However, patients who are not sure about their results may feel even more self-conscious, so it is important to be prepared for a wide range of emotions following surgery.
It is also important to be realistic about your expectations for surgery. Rhinoplasty cannot fix all of your problems, and the results will not be the perfect image you may have conjured in your mind. Remember, rhinoplasty can produce vast improvement in the nose and in facial balance, but it cannot work miracles. Realistic expectations will help you enjoy your final results and enjoy the benefits of rhinoplasty.
When it comes to plastic surgery, it is easy to let other people pressure you into making decisions about your procedure, whether from loved ones, friends, or people who make cruel comments. You should, however, resist the urge to let others influence your decision, whether they are in favor of rhinoplasty or not. Patients who have their decisions made for them are more likely to regret rhinoplasty later on. Rhinoplasty should be solely for the benefit of the patient’s own confidence and well-being, not for anyone else’s. If you are not sure if you want to move forward with surgery, then you are probably not ready to take on the potential emotional challenges of rhinoplasty yet.
You Cannot Go Back
Rhinoplasty is not like a haircut—once it is done, you can never go back to exactly the same look. Secondary surgery (revision rhinoplasty) is possible, but it is only performed when absolutely necessary, such as for cosmetic deformities or breathing issues. Revision rhinoplasty is even more complex than primary rhinoplasty, and can be quite expensive. It is used as a last resort, when patients have a major issue to solve.
Talk to an Expert
Think you are ready to take the next step? If so, it is time to find an expert plastic surgeon to help you plan your procedure. Rhinoplasty is extremely complex and difficult, so it is important to find a board certified facial plastic surgeon with years of experience to perform your surgery. While there are no guarantees that you will get a good outcome, you are much more likely to be happy with your results if you choose an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Stuart Bentkover.
Dr. Bentkover is a facial surgery and rhinoplasty specialist who has a passion for the procedure and for giving patients natural, custom results. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Bentkover focuses most often on cosmetic, ethnic, functional, and reconstructive rhinoplasty. If you would like to speak to Dr. Bentkover about your goals for surgery, call Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA, to schedule a consultation.